Climate change indicators software for computing climate change indices for agriculture

Francisco Bautista, Aristeo Pacheco, Inna Dubrovina


Climatic anomalies affect agricultural production, so the identification of climate change at the local level is a pressing task. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has generated indices that allow the identification of extreme climate events. Recent studies of weather and climate variation have increasingly used the climate extreme indices defined by the IPCC. This article dwells upon the ICC (climate change indicators) software written in the Java language which is a convenient tool for storing and processing large sets of daily weather data. The software allows the calculation of 27 climate change indices and four indices for growing vines. Built-in analytical tools help identify trends and climate anomalies on different time intervals. The application is additionally supplied with important functionality for statistical data processing and visualization. Tools that help analyzing climate change can foster wiser strategic decision-making in the management of agriculture and ecosystems.


Alexander L, Yang H, Perkins S (2013) ClimPact. Indices and software. World Climate Programme, New South Wales University of Technology. 52pp.

Bautista F, Pacheco A, Ayala G (2015) Indicadores de cambio climático con datos diarios. D.F., México, Skiu. 59pp.

Beniston, M (2008) Extreme climatic events and their impacts: examples from the Swiss Alps. In H. F. Díaz, & R. J. Murnane, Climate extremes and society. Cambridge University Press, pp 147-164. New York.

Gbegbelegbe S, Chung U, Shiferaw B, Msangi S, Tesfaye K (2014) Quantifying the impact of weather extremes on global food security: A spatial bio-economic approach. Weather and Climate Extremes 4: 96-108

Gladstones J (2002) Viticulture and environment. Adelaide, Winetitles. 310pp.

Herrera LL (2014) RClimTool User Manual. Clima y sector agropecuario Colombiano.

Heim R (2015) An overview of weather and climate extremes – Products and trends. Weather and Climate Extremes 10: 1-9.

IPCC (2007) Climate change 2007: the physical science basis. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA. 104pp.

Jahn M (2015) Economics of extreme weather events: Terminology and regional impact models. Weather and Climate Extremes 10: 29-39.

Karl TR, Nicholls N, Ghazi A (1999) CLIVAR/GCOS/WMO workshop on indices and indicators for climate extremes: Workshop summary. Climate Change 42: 3-4.

Kendall MG, Gibbson JD (1990) Rank Correlation Methods, 5th edn. Oxford University Press, New York.

Ortiz-Solorio CA (1987) Elementos de agrometeorología cuantitativa con aplicaciones en la república mexicana. Departamento de Suelos, Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo (UACH), México.

Peterson TC (2005) Climate Change Indices. World Meteorological Organization Bulletin. 54: 83-86.

Shannon HD, Motha RP (2015) Managing weather and climate risks to agriculture in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Weather and Climate Extremes 10: 50-56.

Snyder RL, De Melo-Abreu JP, Matulich S (2005) Frost protection: fundamentals, practice and economics, FAO.

Sen PK (1968) Estimates of the regression coeficient based on Kendall's tau. Journal of the American Statistical Association 63: 1379–1389.

Winkler AJ, Cook JA, Kliewer WM, Lider LA (1974) General Viticulture. 4th edn. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Yan Z, Jones PD, Davies TD, Moberg A, Bergstrom H, Camuffo D, Cocheo C, Maugeri M, Demarée GR, Verhoeve T, Thoen E, Barriendos M, Rodríguez R, Martín-Vide J, Yang C (2002) Trends of extreme temperatures in Europe and China based on daily observations. Climate Change 53: 355-392.

Zhang GX, Yang F (2004) RClimDex (1.0) User Manual. Climate Research Branch Environment, Canada, Downsview.


ECOSISTEMAS Y RECURSOS AGROPECUARIOS(ECOSYSTEMS AND AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES), Year 6, Issue 16, January-April 2019, is a triannual journal edited, published and distributed by the Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, Av. Universidad s/n, Zona de la Cultura, Col. Magisterial, Villahermosa, Centro, Tabasco, CP. 86040, Tel (993) 358 15 00,,, Editor-in-chief: Efraín de la Cruz Lázaro. Copyright No. 04-2013-120514213600-203, ISSN: 2007-901X, both granted by the Instituto Nacional del Derecho de Autor (National Institute of Copyright), with certificate of title and content No. 16540 granted by the Secretaría de Gobernación(Ministry of the Interior). Individual responsible for the last update of this issue was journal Editorial Assistant Lic. Misael Hernández Martínez, Av. Universidad s/n, Zona de la Cultura, Col. Magisterial, Vhsa, Centro, Tabasco, Mex. C.P. 86040; date of last modification, December 31, 2018.

The opinions expressed by the authors do not necessarily reflect the position of the publisher.

The total reproduction of the articles is authorized, provided that the author and the journal Ecosistemas y Recursos Agropecuariosare mentioned or cited.


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.



Flag Counter